Get outside and celebrate springtime at these wonderful occasions.


Jessica Farthing


Published on February 21, 2023

If I sound too enthusiastic, you’ll have to bear with me: Spring in the South is one of the most glorious times of the year. From the budding of azaleas to the cool mornings that give way to warm sun, the sense of fresh, green magnificence makes this season feel like a new start.

As the days begin to stretch longer, our region really showcases its natural beauty. Baby animals appear, the grass changes from dull to a vibrant green, and the South’s residents begin to come out of their winter hibernation. For a little while, at least, we don’t even mind the pollen or the gnats.

Since it’s time to get outside, take a look at these happenings that celebrate our blooming region. 

Cherry Blossom Festival

Cherry Blossom Festival


Macon, Georgia
March 17 - 26, 2023

For 41 years, Macon, Georgia has celebrated “The Pinkest Party on Earth” every March during the annual Cherry Blossom Festival. For 10 days, the entire city turns pink as more than 350,000 Yoshino cherry trees are in full bloom.

From musical events with national recording artists to amusement rides and Weiner dog races, the festival has something for everyone, including the annual mattress race down Cherry Street and crowning of Cherry Blossom royalty.

Downtown restaurants paint their windows and serve dishes like pink tostadas, pink grits, and cherry French toast. Everything is cherry-themed down to local brews and coffee.

Macon is celebrating its bicentennial this year, putting the revitalization of their downtown with art galleries, venues, restaurants, and boutiques front and center for tourists. If you can’t make the festival, they are offering a ‘Bloom Cam’ to avoid missing the blossoms at their peak.